The art of metal craft was introduced in India as far back as 3000 BC. Excavations in different places provide evidence of the craft and its development in Indian cities, as also its age-old heritage. In India, this craft includes usage of various metals such as copper, bronze, silver, gold, iron and bell metal, among others to produce a variety of products. Metal craft has diverse manifestations ranging from mythological figurines and sculptures of deities to ordinary items of daily use such as pots, pans, utensils, photo frames, doorknobs, taps, key chains, boxes and artillery.
Metal craft involves the tradition of enameling, etching and damascening for the beautificati on of metal objects. Even today, Indian metal craft is admired for its durability, unique designs, and application in a variety of products.
Copper craft is found in three districts of Uttarakhand, namely Almora, Bageshwar and Pithoragarh. The artisans engaged in making copperware in the hills of the Kumaon region are commonly known as Tamtas. The Tamta Mohalla is a locality in the old city of Almora which in earlier times belonged to the coppersmiths. Copperware is one of the traditional crafts of Almora and some of the best coppersmiths still work from Tamta mohalla. Many national awardees also belong to this region.
Since copper work is a traditional craft of the area, the products made are suited to the lifestyle of the people of that region. Copper metal is known to have purifying and medicinal properties hence it is used in the products for utiltarian, decorative and medicinal purposes.
The product range includes gagar, diya, Iota, bhokar, patila, water filter, decorative plates, glasses, bells etc.